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This is Kavita Kamani's blog. She works at Microsoft. Everything here, though, is her personal opinion and is not read or approved by Microsoft before it is posted. No warranties or other guarantees will be offered as to the quality of the opinions or anything else offered here.

On this blog, you will find information about WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), more popularly known as Indigo; and also on WF (Windows Workflow Foundation), concentrating on Rules.

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    Indigo Beta1 RC bits now available

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    Indigo's Beta1 RC bits are now available on http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B789BC8D-4F25-4823-B6AA-C5EDF432D0C1&displaylang=en. The bits also come with Avalon , the presentation subsystem in WinFX.
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    More Indigo Jobs!

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    I've been at Indigo for 3 years now. I started out working on our automation tools. The team had no test automation tools, and I worked on it full time for 1.5 years - it was just awesome building complex tools to help make automated testing of our system...
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    Indigo CTP bits are live!

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    Yay! Finally, it's download time! The bits that are part of the Indigo CTP (community tech preview) are now live on MSDN. Currently, the bits are available to only MSDN subscribers, and can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions ...
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    Want to work on Indigo?

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    The indigo team has some job openings. If you are passionate about working at Microsoft, passionate about distributed technologies and .NET, passionate about working on a product that's going to change the life of distributed system developers all over...
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    The frontline program

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    In the past year or so, there have been a lot of community initiatives at Microsoft. Kind of related is the frontline program that's part of the server and tools division under Eric Rudder. It is a 3 week program where participants are taken out of their...
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    Cool article on the new C# features

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    If you want a two page summary on what's new in the C# language in Whidbey, this article is for you: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/04/05/C20/default.aspx The three main ones discussed, among all the others: - support for generics....
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    March Sample Madness Month

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    A mail came out in early March called the “March Sample Madness“, which asked for volunteers to help out with testing and writing new samples for Whidbey. Kind of exciting huh? It was nice to see the product teams open up and ask for help...
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    After a long time

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    Trying to revive my blog after a long time. Sorry about that. I have been thinking of what to write while Indigo is still in-house. I guess I am not as bold as Don to post code snippets just yet :) Anyway, we had an app day, the same thing Don describes...
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    Finally, a book on the PDC release of Indigo - "Inside Indigo"

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    Saw this on MSDN, its finally here. The first book dedicated to Indigo, published by Microsoft Press. MSDN has an article by the author (with one of the chapters of the book here). http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us...
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    Security fix CDs are available

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    Mike Howard says in his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/michael_howard/archive/2004/02/20/77159.aspx Please take advantage of this and inform your friends/family who are on dial-up about the availability of these CDs.
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    Using the PDC release to create Indigo apps

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    Yasser , a fellow program manager on Indigo, and a known name in the world of web services, has a article on the MSDN on it, if you have access to the PDC bits, do try them out...
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    WS-Eventing workshop

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    There is a WS-Eventing workshop on Feb 19, 2004. Bruce , a tester on the peer team who works on the test aspect of this, XML Enterprise Services, or as we call it XES, has a few articles in his blog about WS-Eventing.
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    Restore the Show desktop icon

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    I was rearranging my taskbar and lost the show desktop icon and was searching how to do this. I “googled” “show desktop windows” and popped out in the first few links.... http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/windowstips/story...
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    DevDays Bloggers - another community site

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    Check out Brian's blog. http://blogs.msdn.com/bgold/
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    Testing exceptions

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    Keith Stobie, a test architect on the Indigo team has an interesting article on testing exceptions . Though it is important to verify that the correct exceptions get raised when incorrect data is passed to a function, it is also important to check...
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    Testing with ASML

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    ASML - Abstract State Machine Language is a technique being used in Microsoft by a few test teams to test their features. It is an executable specification language that is based on abstract state machines. The research team at Microsoft has integrated...
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    Running as normal user

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    Florin brings up an important point...something we normally forget to do, making our machines more vulnerable to hackers. You dont really need to be logged in as an administrator all the time while developing software. Read Florin's post here .
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    Indigo Newsgroup

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    After Indigo was released at the PDC, a dedicated Indigo newsgroup was created. You can ask questions about Indigo, and a bunch of folks from our team monitor this newsgroup regularly. So hopefully, if you are playing with the PDC bits of Indigo, you...
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    RSS feed for the web services page on MSDN

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    I just figured out that I can configure my reader to point to msdn and check for updates when I read my other blogs. May be you all already you knew that, but here it is for those of us who didnt know about this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices...
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    Outlook wish

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    Meetings at Microsoft are an inevitable thing. Scheduling rooms for meetings is also an inevitable thing...I think it takes longer to schedule a meeting and finding a room than it should... Today, the Find Printer dialog can autofill my location correctly...
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    Outlook 11 tip - the follow up flag

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    I have been using this for a while, ever since I installed outlook 11 . I find it very useful for remembering things I need to do. When you get a mail, just single click on the follow up flag to mark it with a “red” follow up tag. I often...
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    Seattle snow and INS

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    The northwest has been having some real cold spells...of all days, I had a fingerprinting appointment with the INS today here in the Burien office. Now, they do not have a phone number listed anywhere. The appointment letter says if you do not show up...
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    Water bottle!

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    I ended up buying myself one of these . I was surprised to see how popular these bottles are. After all, its just a water bottle! If I was back in India and I told someone I spent 8$ on a water bottle, and mind you, it doesnt have a thermos or anything...
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    Tree maps

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    Steve Makofsky , a co-tester in Indigo has a good write up about it in his blog recently. It also helped him find a bug yesterday! Pretty interesting stuff, I am going to play with it this week. Ofcourse I havent been keeping up with my blog reading...
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    Peace....

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    I was at work last week before christmas and this week too...oh it is so quiet that you can get lots of work done - no emails, meetings, or major distractions...its great! I managed to finish up 80% of my TDS work and if I finish up the rest today/tomorrow...
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